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Awards for rescue at Piha

0 Comments 25 May 2016

Rescue & Resuscitation at Piha brings SaR Awards

It took a team of brave people to save a woman’s life.

Search and Rescue AwardsWesties really are amazing people.  They volunteer their time to help absolute strangers.  Sometimes they’re just at the right place at the right time – again for strangers.

Photo:  (L-R) Surf life-savers Jackson Smith, Nicholas Tomkins, Leilani Fuemana, Simone Hollier and Duncan Clarke.  Photo: Mark Coote

This is the story of an out-of-town volunteer risking his life to save one person then very clever people do what it takes to save her life.   I so love it when every now and then they’re acknowledged and receive awards.  Duncan & Kelly: you’re both incredibly valuable to the Piha Community.  How lucky are we?

Piha beach rescuer: ‘I knew I had to do something’ | Radio New Zealand News

When Jackson Smith saw what he thought was a body floating face down off Piha beach he feared the worst.

“I went in the water and swam out about 50 metres and saw this person face down in the water and unconscious and not moving at all,” he said.

“I grabbed her and tried to bring her head out of the water, I got her to the beach where she was still unconscious and started CPR.”

The girl was a 19-year-old who had been caught by fierce winds and strong waves in November last year.

Read the full article on RadioNZ here

This rescue also received a National Surf Lifesaving Award

Radio NZ

Listen to Duncan Clarke being interviewed by Radio NZ after the rescue
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